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Pat Parsons Hutter

Still rodeo’s biggest fan

Subscriber onlyDynamite comes in small packages." Continue reading...

Let the sun shine in

Lutheran church creating its own energy

Subscriber onlyOne Northwest Arkansas church is doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint and make smart energy consumption choices that benefit the environment -- and save the church money. Continue reading...

The Play's The Thing

Frothy comedy has a deeper message

Subscriber onlyWilliam Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is frequently cited as one of his frothiest comedies: Characters Benedick and Beatrice spend much of the play verbally sparring and angrily flirting. "There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her. They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them," says Leonato of the couple in Act 1, Scene 1. It isn't long before they realize what the audience knew from the start -- they're made for each other. But the director of the Crude Mechanicals production of the show (and the company's artistic director) Zyan Ward cautions audiences to not dismiss the play as simply fun and froth. Continue reading...

Take A 'BITE' Of NWA

Culinary appetite expands event to three days

Subscriber onlyBITE NWA -- a celebration of the culinary wonders that can be found both in and outside of Northwest Arkansas -- will kick off on June 20 at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville. And this year, the food-centric event will run for three days as opposed to two, a result of its massive popularity. Continue reading...

Junie's B.'s Simple Lessons

Arts Live brings modern classic to stage

Subscriber onlyArts Live's latest show, "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook," stars one of the spunkiest characters in children's fiction. In 1992, when Junie B. appeared in the first of what would become author Barbara Park's 32-book series, she was a confident, smart kindergartner. Over the next 21 years, pint-sized fans would celebrate a variety of trials and tribulations with Junie B. that included losing her baby teeth ("Toothless Wonder"), acclimating herself to riding the school bus ("Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus") and graduating to first grade ("Junie B., First Grader at Last!"). Continue reading...

Fluke - Fayetteville artist discovers teaching

Fayetteville artist discovers teaching

Subscriber onlyAlex Cogbill is more than happy to talk about Local Color Studio Gallery, the intimate, sleek art gallery he founded and operates in south Fayetteville. He's proud of his work carving out the minimalist interior where the targeted, sharp lighting keeps the eye focused on the carefully curated work of local artists. Continue reading...

Julie Gabel & Mike Thomas

Building upon their passion

Subscriber onlyIf you have a child -- or are a child, or know a child -- who is involved in the performing arts in Northwest Arkansas, it's a good bet that that child has met Mike Thomas or Julie Gabel. Continue reading...

Eureka Sings The Blues

Annual weekend celebrates dads, welcomes Coco Montoya

Subscriber onlyFor three glorious days, June 14--17, the sweet sound of blues music will be wafting through the streets and parks of the Eureka Springs downtown as the community marks the 30th annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Continue reading...

A toast to a great golfer

‘Curmudgeons’ remember journalist Roy Reed

Subscriber onlyOn June 6, a close-knit group of friends and colleagues of journalism luminary Roy Reed gathered at Paradise Valley Golf and Athletic Club to raise a toast and dedicate a new bench installed on the course in Reed's honor. Continue reading...

Joel Gardner

Public transit runs by him

Subscriber onlyNothing good happens after midnight. That's something Ozark Regional Transit's executive director Joel Gardner learned when he answered his phone at 1:03 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2017. Sure enough, the news was bad -- and it would quickly become worse. Continue reading...

Live, Eat, Create

Brightwater blends ingredients for new series

Subscriber onlyOn Thursday, Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food will launch a bold new experience with its Brightwater Salon Series. Continue reading...

Dancing In The Street

Artinfusion road show opens in Springdale

Subscriber onlyFor one Saturday afternoon next month, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's Artinfusion -- a social group designed for museum patrons from the ages of 21 into their 40s -- is moving its operations to Emma Avenue in Springdale for an event that promises to be a barn burner. The Emma Avenue Block Party , scheduled for June 2, is the first of what the museum hopes will be many collaborations with Northwest Arkansas communities, says Sara Segerlin, manager of public programs at the museum. Continue reading...

A Pirate's Life For Me

Audio Theater sails to Treasure Island

Subscriber onlyWhen the Northwest Arkansas Audio Theater presents "Treasure Island" -- a radio play adapted from the original story told by Robert Louis Stevenson -- actors will use a script that has quite the illustrious lineage: It was originally presented in 1938 by the Mercury Theatre on the Air, with Orson Welles playing the roles of Long John Silver and the elder Jim Hawkins. Continue reading...

Anthony Wappel

Passion keeps history alive

Subscriber only"Tony is one of the most important figures we've ever had when it comes to the knowledge and preservation of our local history," says author J.B. Hogan of his friend and collaborator, Tony Wappel. Wappel is the author of three books about Fayetteville history -- Once Upon Dickson, On the Avenue and The Square Book -- and is the archivist records manager for Washington County. There are probably a few people in Fayetteville who know more about the area's history than he does -- but there aren't many. Continue reading...

Young And Talented

Arts Live showcases budding playwright

Subscriber onlyTheater is my true passion," says playwright Charlotte McCombs, whose play, "Independence," is premiering this weekend at Arts Live in Fayetteville. "I love it more than anything else, and I also love writing. So I wanted to combine my two loves into playwriting, which is my main focus right now." Continue reading...